Baku, the “City of Ghosts” is the capital of Azerbaijan. Situated on the coasts of the Caspian Sea, it resembles both Paris and Dubai. It is a cosmopolitan city with ultra-modern buildings, skyscrapers, and an ancient city that was recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site.
It prides itself on its wide and clean avenues, grand buildings and castles, huge shopping centers, fancy shops with prestigious brands, luxury hotels, parks, exquisite Paris-style fountains, underground subways, fancy cars and elegant pedestrians as befitting one of the richest cities in the world.
Baku is a city of contrast and change. On the one hand, the majority of its residents are Shiite Muslims, and on the other hand, alcohol is abundant and women dress modernly. The formal language is Azeri, but almost all residents speak Russian. In the past, it was a flat desert town. Now it is an empire of skyscrapers and streets that are swept by street cleaners, who are still using twig brooms.
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